On Mon, 20 Mar 2006 21:03:27 +0100, taliesin the storyteller
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Basically: languages which inflect the verb itself for present and
>preterite/past, will also have a verb for "to be". Examples include most
>IE-languages. Languages which use some other way to show time, don't
>have a verb for "to be". Examples include Chinese. The reason why "to
>be" is needed is because you can't add a particle/word meaning "not"
>directly to a noun used as a predicate, you need a buffer-word of some
>sort, hence "to be".
Slavic languages typically don't have "to be" in the present tense. Is this
because they mark verbs primarily for aspect instead of tense?